Wellness is much more than a state of physical health or decision to eat well. It is a lifelong journey of growth and balance, which contributes to your longevity and quality of life. Wellness is not static and varies over time according to changing lifestyle habits and life circumstances. It is crucial to monitor your wellness regularly and work towards continual growth and attaining the right balance so you can thrive.
A state where you are feeling content and having emotional intelligence. It involves having the mindset and mastering the tools that enable you to work through stressful situations and handle negative emotional events. It is also about dealing with phobias, anxieties and depression with the goal of experiencing a positive emotional outlook.
Having vibrant physical health and having the ability to prevent disease in your body. Aspects of physical health include how you move your muscles through exercise and their capacity to stretch. Additionally, it is important to provide energy through optimal nutrition and hydration as well as understand how your dietary intake can help or harm your body and impact your gut microbiome. Your daily and weekly rest patterns are also crucial to healing and being physically energised. Likewise, the avoidance of harmful drugs and negative lifestyle choices will further assist your wellness.
Enjoying satisfying relationships and having good social support from your family, friends, peers and community. Aspects include the ability to communicate effectively by expressing your feelings, needs and opinions. Maintaining intimacy and having good conflict management skills to engage positively with your social group are also important features. These relationships can be strengthened through the appreciation and engagement of personal cultural history. This will further assist in positively building your identity and your community.
Being engaged in activities that enrich your life. This includes your career and its financial benefits to your lifestyle, unpaid work, leisure activities and giving back to your community through service. Additionally, the extent of your enrichment is also dependent on your attitude towards these activities and the ability to balance between your roles and responsibilities.
Approaching life with a mindset and love of lifelong learning. Realising your potential involves developing your talents and skills with an understanding of your life’s purpose. Additionally, achieving optimal intellectual stimulation, with adequate time for reflection and critical thinking, is crucial to achieving a more satisfied life. Making the most of opportunities to learn, express your creativity and share knowledge and experiences can also enhance your personal growth, contribute to society and improve your wellness.
Enjoying the richness of nature and interacting positively with the environment on a local, community and global level. Improving your personal footprint and understanding how your surroundings impact your personal wellness is vital. This involves having clean air to breathe, obtaining adequate sunlight, optimising nature’s resources and engaging with blue and green spaces for rejuvenation. Avoiding toxic substances and noise pollution is also important to achieving environmental wellness.
Having a strong connection to something bigger than yourself that gives you a sense of purpose, meaning and hope. It involves the ability to identify and use routines, rites and practices that enable you to de-stress, value reflection and be connected to God. The act of expressing love, faith, compassion, grace, forgiveness and gratitude are central to spiritual wellness. Spiritual empowerment gives a personal understanding of the value of life and brings all the dimensions of wellness together to help you live your best life.